Kituo Cha Sheria on 13th April 2023 officially launched a study report on durable solutions for refugees focusing on local integration in Kenya at the University of Nairobi Parklands Campus.
We were greatly honored to have representatives both from the civil society, Academia and the government of Kenya attending the launch. Dr. Dan Opon, Director of Immigration Services who graced the occasion affirmed government commitment in working with other stakeholders to address gaps in the needs of refugees and host communities, including addressing the interconnected issues of the right to work, freedom of movement, and integration. Other guests included, Prof. Winifred W. Kamau – Dean, Faculty of Law, UON, Tom Ogutu – Chairperson refugee appeal board, Joseph Njuguna – Department of Refugee Services, Dr. Elkana Kimeli and Fatuma Dubow Kituo Board Members.
Among the key findings highlighted in the report include the aspirations of refugees for local integration and experiences of refugees who have applied for permanent residency or citizenship, the extent to which refugees enjoy the right to work and the nature of the host community’s feelings as well as the recommendation to the government of Kenya, civil society actors, international organizations, donors, and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).